House on Mango Street

Why is Alicia afraid of fathers ?


"Alicia Who Sees Mice"

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Although she fears mice, Alicia fears her father more and obeys him. He says a woman's place is rising "with the tortilla star." Alcia does not sleep, however, but studies all night and endures a long commute because "she doesn't want to spend her life in a factory or behind a rolling pin."